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Mar 18, 2011 5:00am PDT
particles from japan have reached the bay area. they detected it on the student monitors here, i'll tell you if you should be worried coming up. >> live look at golden gate bridge this morning. we've had rain and showers move through. i'm tracking two strong storms that will move through our area in three days. flooding is possible, hail, thunder, maybe power outages. >> road are wet. we've seen a couple of spinouts. >> and libya with frozen airspace after united nations security council votes to put a no-fly zone over the country. >> got some rain out there. possibly slick roads. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. let's talk about that. mike, what is going on? >> we have showers. we talked about showers ahead of the main line. that is exactly what we're dealing with. some of those are stronger and oranges on the radar but seeing some of this tape earned a not be quite as strong. in fact, we had a couple lightning bolts, as it's moving through santa rosa and st. helena, same thing around san rafael heading over 37 around novato and then heading over 37 toward vallejo. then light rain aroun
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00am PDT
>> also this morning, an explosion releasing dangerous levels of radiation in japan. >> new report being released accuses top officials of the huge public employee pension fund of corruption. they illegally spent $180 million of the pension's money. a little rain and more on the way. we'll tell you about that coming up. >> let's talk about that. i'm kristen sze. hello. it could be a little damp coming and going today. >> yeah, both ways. >> absolutely. we've got moist flow right now. mild temperatures when you step outside. that is leading to showers, live doppler, best around marin county. everybody covered in at least radar returns this morning. so the north bay getting the lighter rain. we're talking about couple hundredths of an inch but enough to make everything wet. we do have radar returns around san ramon, danville, heading to palo alto over towards milpitas. big picture will show all this is coming ashore and more up to the north with a cold front that will be pushed our way. this is just the beginning. here is frances. >> we are starting off with a live shot in the north
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Mar 14, 2011 5:00am PDT
and running. >> thousands of people are evacuated from neighborhoods around a nuclear power plant in japan after an explosion there. engineers are trying to stop nuclear meltdowns from the earthquake in tsunami. >> prompting santa clara county to launch a new notification system for cellphones. >> here's a live look at a foggy bay bridge this morning. we have lingering moisture that's going to create more fog during the morning and -- golden gate bridge, i'm sorry -- live doppler 7 hd to see where the rain is right now and where it's going. >> mike, also a fog advisory, that issued by the chp with bart back on time. >> frances, thank you very much. thank you for joining us on this monday morning. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. all waking up a little foggy this morning. you might be, too. it is 5:10, not 4:01. >> that's kristen sze. let's get to the news this morning. good news there for east bay bart riders. the concord station reopened an hour ago after crews worked through the night to clean up damage from a derailment yesterday. two thompson is live at concord bart. sue? >> good m
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Mar 14, 2011 6:00am PDT
francisco. frances just getting the latest. she'll have clarification on that. in japan this morning, an official at a troubled nuclear reactor has been fully exposed raising new risks of a meltdown. 11 workers were injured there. the other two reactors at the plant are already facing a meltdown and authorities are racing to cool them with seawater. hours after the blast the u.s. 7th fleet said it was moving its ship and aircraft away from the area after discovering low-level radioactive contamination. there are 2800 people confirmed dead after another 1,000 bodies washed up along the coastline. the final death toll could top 10,000. rescue crews are continuing to look for survivors. here's greg black with the latest. >> plumes of thick white smoke over the nuclear power plant monday. the blast is the second at that facility since saturday. radiation levels outside the plants remain elevated. the japanese government says the radiation released in the blast does not pose immediate safety or health risks. >> people there aren't so sure. >> just want to know what's going on. i'm scared.
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Mar 11, 2011 5:00am PST
>>> a magnitude 8.9 earthquake delivers a one-two punch to japan. first the tremendous shaking that a huge tsunami -- you see the effect, the impact right there. cars being washed away. now, the tsunami is just minutes away from hitting hawaii as well. there are now voluntary evacuations along the san mateo county coast because the west coast of the u.s. is also under a tsunami warning. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. well, that's our news. in just a few minutes, a tsunami is set to hit hawaii triggered by that deadly massive 8.9 massive earthquake in japan. jenelle joins us with the very latest. >> kristen, this is the largest earthquake ever recorded in japan's history and one of the largest earthquakes in the history of the world. 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit friday afternoon local time. we want to show you some video because this is the aftermath, this giant tsunami just sweeping over parts of japan wiping out entire towns, cars, rice patties. taking out roads. it's just devastating. the most devastation is hitting in the northern part of japan. that's where the epicen
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Mar 11, 2011 6:00am PST
yesterday in japan when that huge 8.9 magnitude quake, a thousand times more powerful than the last one we had. we got new news on the number of people killed in the tsunami that followed the quake. jenelle wang has been monitoring all the latest news feeds and wires. >> it's devastating, eric. we're just getting this in. police in japan say two hundred to three hundred bodies have been found in northeastern japan closest to the epicenter where that quake hit friday local time. this followed massive walls of waves, muddy water just wiping out towns, fields. you can see carrying dozens of homes, fires erupting, cars swept off the roadway. it's just a disaster in japan. this is near sendie. that's about 200 miles northeast of tokyo. they have shut down the airport completely. if you're planning to travel there, probably not gonna happen. u.s. actually encouraging americans to cancel all non-essential travel to japan. we hear they just reviewed some train service because tens of thousands in tokyo are trapped right now. but the major destruction is from the tsunami that wiped away many of the
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Mar 15, 2011 6:00am PDT
violence in this neighborhood. >>> now on to the latest in japan where the prime minister has now ordered 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors to protect themselves from radiation sickness. it came after a new fire that led to increased radiation levels around the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant, nuclear safety official says the water inside the reactors may now be boiling a new sign that efforts to control a meltdown could be failing. despite the growing radiation concerns there are a few glimmers of hope. rescuers have pulled a 70-year-old woman from the rubble alive four days after the disaster hit. woman was found inside a home that had a been washed away by the tsunami. hillary clinton met with japan's ambassador to talk more about u.s. assistance. >> the in parts of japan hit by an earthquake flattened by a tsunami a third risk now looms. fears of nuclear meltdown. >> this evacuee says that most frightening thing. nobody really knows what is happening. but signs what is happening at fukushima daiichi are not good. all four reactors have issues including three explosions. radioa
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Mar 12, 2011 5:00am PST
japan after the earthquake and tsunami. an explosion rocked a nuclear power plant today after authorities warned of a possible reactor core meltdown. this shows the massive blast that tore down the walls of the building but a japanese government spokesman says the metal container sheltering the reactor was not affected. the pressure is decreasing but four workers are dead and there's still major concerns about the reactor leaking large amounts of radiation. the evacuation has been ordered 12 miles around the plan. the death toll is 574 and rising. nearly 600 people are missing with at least 1100 injured. rob nelson begins our coverage. >> as rescuers search frantically and fires burn out of control, explosions rock a nuclear power plant facing a possible meltdown. the crumbled remains of one building and puffs of smoke spewing out of the plant. >> this is not good news. if the containment structure has indeed collapsed, that would mean a complete exposure of the core to the outside air, loss of the coolant and a meltdown. an elderly woman and a young child pulled alive from th
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Mar 17, 2011 5:00am PDT
our help. >> the state department is providing aircraft to help americans leave japan and wants to evacuate americans 50 miles of the plant. the japanese zone is much smaller. tokyo's airport is packed with people leaving. like a 15-year-old sent by parents to stay with family in washington. >> they went me to come so i'll be safe. >>> chief cabinet secretary the u.s. government has taken a cautious approach. in the evacuation zone, one man says we are isolated. we are being left here to die. >> skeleton crew remains at the nuclear plant. workers are running out of food. the father has accepted his fate like a death sentence. >>> united nations forecast says the radioactive plume will hit the alou shan i can't understand today before reaching southern california tomorrow. but it will be diluted and have minor consequences. the u.s. environmental protection agency says it's moving 40 mobile radiation detectors around the rim and there are 12 monitors one in san francisco, san jose and sacramento. you can see the data montsd on the government's website. we have a link to that at w
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Mar 16, 2011 5:00am PDT
expressing condolences. the death toll now is nearly 37,000 but thousands are missing >> japan's nuclear crisis intensified with a second reactor had problems. they a large cloud that appeared to be rising over reactor 3. all that was going on there was dangerous rise of radiation levels of the facility. so dangerous the skeleton crew that had been working there to keep them under control had to abandon their positions and go seek shelter. we are told those levels have dropped, as a result those workers are back at their post. also for the first time, we have seen helicopters drop water from the sky in an attempt to put out fire. one of the reasons there is so much confusion because it is simply so dangerous they cannot send anyone to get a good clear look what is happening to the reactors. meanwhile, in tokyo there are no reports of raised levels of radiation but there are raised levels of fear. finally this afternoon, unusual sight for the japanese people. their emperor, speaking to them saying, hope and the hearts are with the japanese people. the only time the emperor has ever addres
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Mar 18, 2011 6:00am PDT
, japan's prime minister called for his nation to, quote, unite in rebuilding the nation from scratch. it came three hours after the nuclear agency raised the level from a four to five on a 7 would be a chernobyl like meltdown. it puts it on par of pennsylvania's three-mile island. they also show that 16s in people are dead or missing since the quake. >> japanese government officials and energy experts are cautiously optimistic about the fukushima daiichi plant. plant officials connected the cooling equipment to a diesel generator allowing them to pump sea water. they expect to another power source on friday to cool another two. >> the work is going to put water into the plant at the same time, efforts are going to evaluate the results of yesterday's work and operations. >> reporter: the team continued operations at the most troubled reactor. for a second day. they doused the number three reactor from water cannons from the ground and dropped water from the air. on thursday, president obama commended the work of emergency responders in harm's way. >> even as japanese responders contin
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Mar 16, 2011 6:00am PDT
, the japanese emperor made an address to the nation. he expressed his condolences and urged japan not to give up. the death toll is now nearing 3700, more than 8,000 people are still missing. now, the latest from tokyo. >> workers return to the damage fukushima daiichi plant on wednesday after being evacuated. the latest in setbacks with a country still struggling. another fire was discovered wednesday morning at the number four reactor building. government officials are concerned about a possible breach of the containment vessel for reactor number 3. they are worried it could be releasing radioactive steam. >> the fukushima daiichi number 3 reactor has been seen white smoke coming out. >> self-defense force had to abort a containment crisis abort ago maneuver. >> it is cause for concern. >> to have one fire is serious, but to have one fire when you have problems at three other plants is very serious. and each time one of these fires the danger to those fuel rods increases. they are not contained. unlike the reactor at one, two, three and there is no big concrete shielding for them. if they are
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00am PDT
of increasing tension between the u.s. and japan over how the reactor crisis is being handled. the state department is now sending charter planes to help bring back american citizens who want to leave and advising americans to stay at least 50 miles from the power plant. >> with japan's fukushima daiichi plant crippled on the ground, desperate efforts are coming from the air. helicopters dumping sea water into the holes of the roof hoping to could cool it enough to prevent a nuclear meltdown. they say there is talk of apocalypse and i think that word is well chosen. the procedure was considered too dangerous. they said radiation levels were too high. the u.s. insisted something be done. >> we're reminded that american leadership is critical even though the allies are themselves economically advanced and powerful. there are moments where they need our help. >> the state accident now providing aircraft to help americans leave northeast japan and it wants to evacuate americans within 50 miles of the plant. tokyo's airport is packed with people leaving. like a 15-year-old sent by her parents
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Mar 13, 2011 5:00am PDT
. this was not supposed to happen. >> the unusual combination of events brought japan to the brink. >> they're trying to end this crisis. it's a question of capability: can they? >> this 39-year-old school teacher says the place where i work might be contaminated so i came here to have a check and find out what i have to do next. fears of radiation exposure are coupled with the afternoon math of the earthquake and tsunami. millions do not have drinking water and electricity. crews are racing to the search for the missing. estimates vary from the hundreds to the thousands with a death toll that continues to climb. >> officials say an explosion is totally possible although no risk to human health. >> here in california public health officials are monitoring efforts in japan to contain leaks of radiation. california does have radio activity monitoring systems in place that can be enhanced if necessary. we've been receiving some extraordinary video from the earthquake and tsunami. a man who was at an airport recorded this video. >> the cars and the airport just drifted. i just thought that we should keep
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00am PDT
.s. military. >>> we have encouraging news coming from fukushima daiichi plant in japan this morning. within the last hour they announced workers have managed to reattach power lines to all six reactors. that the first step to reactivate go the cooling system but workers must still check pumps and motors and other equipment before the electricity is turned on. the announcement comes amid new reports that the temperature in a pool where fuel rods have stored has risen to boiling. we'll continue to follow. that with a lot more rain on the way, they are racing to figure out how to clean up a rock slide in santa cruz county without creating another. massive slide trapped residents in two dozen homes on nelson road in scotts valley. amy hollyfield has the latest. >> people here are used to rock slides but they say they have never seen one like this before or. 200 foot wall of trees and dirt came down. it happened on nelson road in scotts valley. it's about two to three hundred feet long and about 150 feet wide. it wiped out a power line and cut off access to 25 homes on the main road. people can
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00am PDT
area county to save residents $300,000 a year. >> plus, worries of radiation in japan grow, the first military families evacuated from japan touchdown in the bay area. >> i'm terry mcsweeney in the newsroom, new information on the my second diagnosis-- i was told to go home, retire, and enjoy the time i had left. to say it was a shock is just a complete understatement. i mean, i don't think there are words. she had put up a really good fight, but it was her time. you... don't have a choice of getting breast cancer. i had no choice. i wanted to do something bigger than myself. that 3-day gave me that opportunity. and i can actually do something to help. i think it's a very bold thing to do. 60 miles in 3 days-- i can do that. i'm sure if it was 100 miles, we'd still walk it. it was a big statement for me of... (voice breaks) i'm alive. we can do this. we can do this. we can rid the world of this terrible disease... so that no mother... granddaughter... sister... daughter... mother... go through what my wife had to go through. this is more than just three days. this is a lifetime. (man)
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Mar 23, 2011 5:00am PDT
food exports from japan. >> the latest results that tap water is more than twice the recommended limit for babies. they are warning parents to refrain from using tap water to mix formula for their infants. it contains radioactive iodine which can cause thigh lloyd cancer but officials say the tap water does not pose any immediate risks for adults. it has also contaminated food supply including spinach and other greens. they are halting other produce from that area of japan including seafood. >> the levels, the tap water here in tokyo. please stay calm as we try to consume water wisely. >> reporter: meanwhile, black smoke is billowing from unit 3 prompting a new evacuation. officials don't know the reason for the black smoke. it comes hours after the plant restored circuits. they were hoping to restore power because they feared that would cause fire to the damaged equipment. death toll from the earthquake is over 9400 with nearly 15,000 still missing. >> eric: at the university of san francisco last night people gathered to pray for japan. ♪ >> eric: they lit candles to honor those af
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Mar 26, 2011 5:00am PDT
to the fallout from japan. no dangerous levels of radiation have been detected in the u.s. from the earthquake damaged fukushima plant but four of california's 11 monitors were off line for repairs or maintenance last week. in japan, u.s. naval barges carrying fresh water are heading to the nuclear plant to help workers remove water that is contaminated with dangerously high levels of radiation. japan's nuclear agency says radiation in the seawater just off shore of the plant spiked to more than 1,200 times higher than normal. experts are still trying to determine whether there's been a breach in one of the reactors. the earthquake and tsunami has slowed down production and shipping of japanese goods that come to the u.s. so much so that this tanker from japan was the first to arrive at the port of oakland yesterday since the disaster two weeks ago. abc 7 reports on the economic impact ever since. >> after china and south korea, japan is the third largest exporter of containerized goods to the united states. things like cars and auto parts and electronics. these are the people that move those
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Mar 23, 2011 6:00am PDT
. >>> in japan a set back in efforts to restore power to cooling pumps at the fukushima daiichi plant. black smoke billowed out of unit three after the plant operator had restored circuits. officials say they don't know what is causing the smoke. they had hoped to restore power to cooling pumps within days. meanwhile, in tokyo, radiation levels are considered twice what is considered safe for infants. they were advising not to use tap water for drinking and making formula for babies. experts say infants are extremely vulnerable to radioactive iodine which can cause thyroid cancer but the current level doesn't pose an immediate health threat to children and adults. they say the estimates to the damage could top $300 billion. >> eric: back in the bay area we have gusty winds, but wait until mom. >> tomorrow is the biggest storm. i think that is going to be the case. here we are looking at the embarcadero where light rain is falling but not as heavy as it was falling earlier this morning. let's talk about all the different watches that are out in. live doppler 7 hd showing the watches. first st
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Mar 28, 2011 5:00am PDT
the disaster in japan. they are moving back on line in shreveport today. third straight year without a cost of living increase. government is project ago small increase for next year but most beneficiaries it will be wiped out by rising premiums. second diary of a wimpy kid debuted in the top spot with $24 million in ticket sales. that is your money scope report. >> eric: contra costa workers have to wednesday to apply for retirement. they have been inundated with paperwork because so many are opting or taking pensions. it's based on how much they earned in the last year of work. so county employees who can revt want to do so before their pay is cut which would impact their retirement, as well. application numbers are twice as much as they have been in previous years. >> 'in monterey county caltrans and chp is starting up a helicopter kvs for people living in big sur. it begin crumbling after heavy rain. a two-mile section of highway 1 and big sur is completely closed. crews say it will take one month to fix. a helicopter shuttle has been set up. >> eric: drivers may not see the beauty did
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Mar 25, 2011 6:00am PDT
for concern, new radioactive problem, officials are revealing at japan's damaged nuclear power plant. >> a hillside is slipping here in san pablo and residents are trying to figure out what to do. i'm amy hollyfield, i'll have i'm amy hollyfield, i'll have the story for you coming up. never in my lifetime did i think i could walk 60 miles in 3 days. 60 miles compared to what a cancer patient goes through is a walk in the park. from the moment i registered, people started immediately supporting me and asking me how they could help. you meet the most wonderful, inspiring people. when you accomplish those 60 miles, it's truly life-changing. (man) register today for the... and receive $25 off your registration fee. because everyone deserves a lifetime. >>> good morning, more scattered showers remain over the entire state today, concentrating mainly here around the north and central part the state. snow will be falling through 11:00. winter storm warning, southern sierra not too bad, low 40s but still problems getting there. in southern california, this is scattered showers and we'll see
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Mar 31, 2011 5:00am PDT
prices rising but japan's earthquake has set production back a week. a russian billionaire has reportedly paid $100 million for a silicon valley mansion. >> eric: 5:13. residents of a usually quiet neighborhood say they welcome the craef action of police to catch burglary suspects. this home surveillance video of the suspects ramming a stolen jeep into a police car. the men had just burglarize add house with a woman still inside. after the crash the suspects got and ran. police found two suspects but the third was never found. neighbors say there have been several burglaries in the area. >> kristen: if you have business with city of oakland you have to wait until monday. city offices are closed because of budget cutbacks. these are the final two furlough days of this fiscal year which ends in june. libraries and senior centers will be closed. police, fire and other essential services nor the included. >>> jerry brown continues his efforts to get tax extension on the june ballot. those are painful cuts they are seeing of. here is report from sacramento. >> after talks broke down, dozens of
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Mar 9, 2011 5:00am PST
in japan triggered a small tsunami along the northeastern coast. this is video from japan's nhk television network. you can see the shaking as buildings swayed for as long as 3 seconds in tokyo. the initially quake was followed by a 6.3 magnitude aftershock. a small wave came ashore in japan but the specific warning center did not expect any other areas to be affected. >> the space shuttle "discovery" is about to wrap up its flying career in three hours from now. the crew and astronauts are on their way back to earth. the 27-year-old "discovery" is nasa's oldest shuttle and the most travelled flying 39 missions. it will retire to the smithsonian institute for display. here is a photo from a central valley resident as the shuttle soared in the sky fresno 7:30 last night. that thin white vertical streak there, that shows the path of "discovery." it was like northwest to southeast, right? >> yeah. you gave us the whole scoop and i can't believe i forgot to look. >> three people standing here. which of us saw it last night. >> no, which of us is smiling. (laughter) >> forgot because we were so
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Mar 27, 2011 5:00am PDT
days. and waterin' side a nuclear reactor in japan is said tore radiation levels 10 million times higher than normal. thanks for joining us, i'm caroline tyler. san francisco police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place in a parking lot near a nightclub early this morning. it was just about closing time when a man was shot near club 6 on sixth street between mission and market streets. police say a friend tried to drive the man to a hospital, but got lost a few blocks away. an am ambulance took over taking the victim to a san francisco hospital where police say he later died. we have no information yet on a suspect or a motive. >> well, you know, we've had quite a spell of wet, windy weather, but it's looking dry this morning so far anyway. here's our meteorologist, lisa, with the accuweather forecast. good morning. >> good morning, caroline. take a look at our season to date so far. santa rosa with 26 inches of rain. and even san jose 100% of normal. got plenty of rainfall for the season, and we will be look at a little more coming today. live doppler 7hd shows a lit
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Mar 29, 2011 5:00am PDT
.60, that is up three cents. >>> the disaster in japan means many car buyers will have limited car choices for at least a month. it's only the source of a shiny pigment in many car paint colors. >> supreme court here's arguments to determine if a lawsuit against walmart can go forward as a class action. female workers are suing the company claiming that men were paid more and promoted faster. blockbuster is closing 186 more stores. chain has plans to close more than a third of hits stores. that is money scope report. thanks for watching. >> kristen: tax wars is brewing between the state of california and online retailers. they are considering a measure that online retailers to collect a sales tax on purchases made by californians. amazon and overstock.com are threatening to cut off 25,000 internet affiliates in california if the measure passes. for thousands of californians could be out of work. >> the risk for unknown health effects, 2,000 hours a month -- >> the bill supporters say it will boost revenue in the state by 250 to $500 million. >> a san francisco supervisor plans to introduce
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Mar 20, 2011 5:00am PDT
and prayer for the victims in japan. that country's atomic safety agency reports pressure is rising again inside a row actor at the nuclear power plant damaged by the earthquake and seam. they are backache way from plans to get steam from the reactor. spin average and milk from as far as 75 miles away show levels of iodide above limits. tiny amounts of radiation are found in tokyo's tap water and rainwater across the area. there is reported a contaminated batch of beans. meanwhile, americans continue to head home. >> i'm close enough to the power plant where i thought at 30 i was far enough and then 80 and i fall right into that zone. so i didn't feel safe staying. >> tiny amounts, as we said, japanese authorities are saying the attempts to cool the overheating reactor by paying water on it may not be working. uc berkely has detected very small radiation here in the bay area. as of 10:30 yesterday morning trays amounts of elements were recorded. they do not naturally occur and they are assumed to come from the nuclear site. but it's below anything that would cause negative health effects.
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00am PDT
to a supporting role within days. >> eric: to japan where police report the death toll following the earthquake and tsunami now stands at 9700, another 16,000 people are still missing. nuclear officials say three workers at the fukushima daiichi power plant have been exposed to radioactive elements. two have been sent to the hospital. the plant continues to leak radiation. today government workers will hand out 240,000 bottles of water to house hold with infants after the radiation level in tap water was found to be two times higher than what is recommended for babies. >>> back here in the bay area, a company that is using a living organism in hopes of reducing our reliance on foreign oil. >> once you've determined that you can take algae, klir it, give it a good shake and process it into this -- then the next logical strategic move for a biofuels company is cost met igs >> doesn't seem to connect. >> the stuff is hyaluronic acid. they weren't looking for it at first but they were looking for other products they could squeeze out of continuing research into algae. a consultant told them to thin
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Mar 25, 2011 5:00am PDT
.s. coming up. >> also the nuclear crisis in japan goes from bad to worse. the breach that is raising new concerns. >> and crackdown lawmakers are proposing on the sale of cigare3q these are the old aerosols you know, and this is the next generation of air fresheners from air wick; powered by 100% natural propellants for a cleaner fragrance experience. come see how refreshing, a fresh scent can be. >>> good friday morning. if you think you are going to escape the rain, most of northern part of the state mostly rain with the highs in the 50s. snow continues to pile up but winter storm warning has expired around the sierra nevada around lake tahoe. from 11:00, but yosemite that is where the storm warning has expired and the sunshine but that is in palm springs. >>> authorities now in japan fear the reactor core may be breached. high levels of radiation in cooling water has led them to fear the core is leaking. two workers waded in a pool suffered unexpected burns. the evacuation zone around the plant has been extended to 18 miles. confirmed death count from the earthquake tops 10,000 with m
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Mar 24, 2011 6:00am PDT
. and like the earthquake and tsunami in japan. firm has tripled its business since the quake and tsunami. at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king. >> kristen: thank you. >> eric: same bay area company that is using a lilg organism in hopes of reducing reliance on foreign oil wants to make sure your skin is wrinkle free. we're not kidding. watch this. >> once you've determined that you can take algae, culture it give it a good shake and process it into this... then the next logical strategic move for a biofuels company is cosmetics? >> we were looking at this. >> the stuff is algaeronic acid. solar enzyme, they weren't looking for it at first but they were looking at other products they could squeeze out of continuing research. a consultant to think outside the box and consider anti-aging creams and lotions. >> algae has been surviving sunlight, they get washed up on the shore and desiccated and they can tolerate those kinds of environmental insults. >> they have never done this work before and they screened thousands of types of algae looking for the right properties. this is the r
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Mar 28, 2011 6:00am PDT
back to the community. >> eric: 6:44. officials in japan say it appears now that growing amounts of radiation are seeping from a crippled nuclear power complex into sea water and soil. workers at the damaged plant are racing to pump out the contaminated water. that water is now emitting radiation levels that is hundred thousand times above normal. the water must be removed and safely store before work can continue to restart the plant's regular cooling system. one expert says it could take weeks. new readings show that contamination in the ocean has spread mile north of the site than previously expected. >> kristen: president obama will make his case of the u.s. role in libya. nato is ready to take the helm and libyan rebels are on the offensive. the president is expected to say that the u.s. acted quickly. rebels advanced more than 350 miles over the weekend winning back territory they had lost to gadhafi including two key oil installations. president obama will outline the military plan during an address tonight at 4:30 our time. we'll bring it to you live here on abc7. >> eric
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Mar 30, 2011 5:00am PDT
waste design will be did you say cussed today. >> in japan, radiation in sea water is at the highest level yet. they say sea water outside the plant was containing 3,000 times is the usual amount of radioactive iodine. it shows that more contaminated water is making its way into the ocean. they are trying to stabilize the dangerously overhe had plant. >> some incredible video of a snowboarder who fell into a tree well on mt. shasta. james drummond was recording his runs on mt. shasta when he tumbled landing upside-down under six feet of snow. he knew exactly where he was but it took him 20 minutes to reach his cell phone and tell his wife to call the ski patrol. >> i'm stuck in a tree well. give them my phone number. i'm going to die if they don't find me. call them! give them my number. >> snow patrol arrived within half and hour and dug him out. he then snowboarded down the mountain. >> eric: can you imagine. >> kristen: i don't want to imagine. >> eric: just ahead, bay area county is now being called the healthiest in all of california. >> kristen: and demand of democrats may have
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Mar 31, 2011 6:00am PDT
pressure. a foreign minister defected to britain. >> kristen: more radiation from the japan disaster is being detected in this country. scientists have found trace amounts of bay area rivers and even milk but experts make it clear it's not dangerous. at u.c. berkeley, the presence of iodine that have made their way through the jetstream to these shores. good news is that iodine has a half-life of eight days. levels are so small that they are inconsequential. >> the radiation we do see is extremely small, thousand times less than what we normally see every day in the environment. >> they say they are not concerned and the radiation will be below detectable limits in less than a month. >>> a $320 million construction project is getting underway on the peninsula that will protect the water supply for millions of bay area residents. 19 miles of new pipeline from water from hetch-hetchy will go up to san francisco replacing one built in the 1930s. there will be improvements to a water treatment plant west of millbrae. without the improvements a major earthquake could put large portions of
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Mar 29, 2011 6:00am PDT
a new 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off japan's main island this morning near the same spot where 9.0 earthquake hit. meantime officials at fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant says the situation is very grave after confirming highly toxic preclude tomb yum is leaking from the reactor. they say plutonium is leaking from the reactor. but there is suspicions that dangerously radioactive water is leaking. >> walmart may find the face to face with a class action with a gender bias lawsuit. >> jane king joins us with this morning's money scope report. >> good morning. an argument scheduled in supreme court female workers accused you will walmart of passing over qualified females and promoting men to managerial positions. whether complaints filed by the workers should be bundled and given class action status which could end up being more than a million. latest on home prices and home price index home prices in san francisco falling almost 2% in the last year. it was little worse. so 3%. housing market still continues to struggle. and the only major city with housing gains. >> and here is
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